Care of the spirit is an integral part of patient care at White Plains Hospital. A Chaplain is available to support patients and families who are encountering the challenges of illness, treatment options, or loss.
Worship Services are offered periodically throughout the year, and Catholic Mass is celebrated at 11:00 am on Sunday mornings. Eucharistic ministers bring communion to Catholic patients weekday evenings. Members of local synagogues offer Sabbath candle lightings and prayers with Jewish patients. Your own religious leaders are always welcome to visit you in the hospital. You may contact the Hospital's Chaplain at ext. 2395.
Social Work & Discharge Planning
The Social Work Department offers professional counseling and discharge planning assistance to help patients and their families cope with emotional and social problems caused by illness and hospitalization. Our dedicated staff is available for consultation, information and referrals to the community. The social workers can also provide financial counseling with regard to health insurance concerns and entitlement programs such as Medicaid. If you or a member of your family would like assistance please contact, or have your nurse contact, the Social Work Department at ext. 1041.
Caregiver Support Program
Over 45 million Americans are family caregivers, providing billions of hours of care each year for family members and friends. A caregiver is defined as a family member, partner, friend; essentially anyone who has assumed informal responsibility for helping an individual meet their daily living needs. Over time, caregivers are often stressed and exhausted as they juggle this important role along with other aspects of their lives.
The Caregiver Support Program at White Plains Hospital is designed to provide support, services and resources to those caring for loved ones who face the challenges of acute or catastrophic illness. During the time a loved one is hospitalized, caregivers can seek assistance from hospital volunteers- Caregiver Partners (CP), who are trained and supervised by the departments of Social Services and Volunteer Services. CPs have caregiver experience themselves, and therefore the ability to collaborate with caregivers in a compassionate, understanding manner. CPs provide information regarding many available resources (in the Hospital and within the community), emotional support, coping strategies, and coaching techniques to better manage patient's care while in the hospital and after release (whether to home, a rehab facility or nursing home), and more.
The Caregiver Support Center, located on the fifth floor (room # 563), is a place where caregivers can take a physical and mental respite, talk to a volunteer, use a computer or access valuable information in our resource library. To speak to one of our caring volunteers or obtain additional information, please call 681-2720.